31 March 2017

Cornwall Roadtripping: St Michael's Mount #travellinkup

inspiration

ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’):
via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare
 
1.The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
2. A sudden brilliant or timely idea.
3. The drawing in of breath; inhalation.

St Michael's Mount Cornwall RoadTrip Adventures of a London Kiwi

Our recent long weekend in Cornwall provided all three of these definitions of inspiration - quite literally. A small but mighty peninsula to the southwest of England, Cornwall is bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon over the River Tamar, Cornwall has human history dating back to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.

Within 20 minutes of leaving our lovely Truro base we could see why exactly how the rugged coastline and mist cloaked isle inspired mystical tales and the legendary escapades of King Arthur. Making our way through the beautiful countryside hemmed with stone walls (determinedly sticking to A-roads unlike our slightly stressful foray through teensy farm lanes to the Lost Gardens of Heligan) we simply rolled up and over the undulating roads.

What to do in Cornwall Roadtrip St Michael's Mount Marazion Adventures of a London Kiwi

Oh, we I may have somewhat cursed our way through a sudden hail storm, sunshine, rainy sunshine, winds buffeting our car and through the archways of rainbows stretching across the horizon. But it was worth it.


We caught glimpses of St Michael's Mount before we thought it could be possible. Filtered by a canopy of trees lining the road, we peeked our way along the smooth highway squealing each time we spotted a flash of the famous silhouette.

St Michael's Mount Cornwall RoadTrip Adventures of a London Kiwi

Halting our gallant silver steed in the first car park I could nose into, we gamboled from our seats like children about to stampede on a sweet shop, only to judder to a halt refastening our coats and wrapping them around us tightly. We leaned into the windy gusts, thrilled to realise that the causeway usually enrobed by the ocean was at low enough tide to transport us to the island castle.

St Michael is the patron saint of fishermen and high places, hence the moniker, and the St Aubyn family have lived on their private island since the 17th century. Let me just allow that phrase to digest. On. A. Private. Island.

St Michael's Mount Cornwall RoadTrip Adventures of a London Kiwi
What to do in Cornwall Roadtrip St Michael's Mount Marazion Adventures of a London Kiwi

Here the kids travel to school by boat, a set of samurai warrior armour clanks in the halls and a giant’s stone heart rests. That's what childhoods should be made of - pirates, wizards, castles and causeways that rise up out of the ocean.

Unfortunately we were a little too early in the season to explore inside the castle walls (though in many ways it was a blessing to miss the tourist chaos). After an hour or so of exploring we made our way back towards the mainland, thrilled at the thought of a piping hot coffee. Real magic.

St Michael's Mount Cornwall RoadTrip Adventures of a London Kiwi

The view was ok I guess. #swoon



With winds rolling straight off the foam crested ocean, that third definition "the drawing in of breath; inhalation" was rather literal in demonstration, but boy did it clear out a few London cobwebs.

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